Ban recreational use of cannabis, official says

A stall selling cannabis products is seen on Khao San Road in Bangkok in July 2022. (Bangkok Post file photo: Nutthawat Wicheanbut)
A stall selling cannabis products is seen on Khao San Road in Bangkok in July 2022. (Bangkok Post file photo: Nutthawat Wicheanbut)

Cannabis use for recreational purposes should be totally banned, said the director of the Centre for Addiction Studies.

Dr Rasmon Kalayasiri spoke in support of Public Health Minister Cholnan Srikaew's idea to amend the draft bill on cannabis and hemp proposed by his predecessor Anutin Charnvirakul. The bill was voted down by the past House of Representatives.

Dr Rasmon said she supported Dr Cholnan's idea that cannabis and hemp can be used for medical and health purposes only. The draft would ban them from being used for recreation, would exclude a proposal to permit the growth of 15 cannabis plants per household, and to reinstate flowering parts of cannabis with a high THC content on the list of narcotics.

She said medical personnel have no objection to using cannabis for medical purposes, but they have found more people becoming sick from using cannabis for recreation, especially children.

Studies conducted between 2019-2022 showed the use of cannabis among youths aged 18-19 increased tenfold from 0.9% to 9.7%, although receational use is prohibited by the law. This indicated the existing law is ineffective, she said.

Because of this, there should be a law to specifically control use of cannabis and hemp and to completely ban them from being used for recreation, Dr Rasmon said.

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  • amend: to make changes to a document, law, agreement, etc. especially in order to improve it - การแก้ไขกฎหมาย
  • bill: a proposal for a law - ร่างกฎหมาย
  • draft: not in a final form and likely to be changed - ร่าง
  • exclude: to intentionally not include something - แยกออกไป
  • hemp (n): the cannabis plant, especially when grown for fibre -
  • House of Representatives: the main lawmaking body in Thailand - สภาผู้แทนราษฎร
  • ineffective: not working correctly or not doing what you want it to do - ซึ่งใช้การไม่ได้, ซึ่งไม่ได้ผล
  • predecessor: the person who had a job or official position before someone else - ผู้ที่ดำรงตำแหน่งก่อนหน้านี้
  • prohibit: to not allow; to ban - ห้าม
  • recreation: a particular activity that somebody does when they are not working - สันทนาการ, นันทนาการ, การละเล่น
  • reinstate: to cause something to exist again - นำกลับมาใช้อีก
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